Guess what everyone…it’s cold. Really cold. And when it’s cold nearly every outdoor activity becomes more difficult (save for skiing, snowboarding, etc.). While I’m sure there are plenty of you that enjoy the snow and cold, your car is unlikely to have the same feelings. So while we’re in the grips of near record cold temperatures here are a few tips to make your life a little easier.
Cold car care preventative maintenance tips
Have your battery tested/Change your battery. Cold weather can zap the power from a battery pretty quickly. If you’ve had your battery for a few years it may be best to bring your vehicle to a service department and have the battery changed. You can have the service team check for loose cables and corrosion as well.
Check your fluid levels. It’s important to keep your car at optimum efficiency in the cold so you’re not left stranded at any time. Antifreeze and oil are key because they help regulate your fluid temperatures and keep you engine parts well lubricated.
Check your windshield wipers. In any driving situation being able to see what’s in front of you is important. Wiper blades designed to combat the snow and ice of the winter will increase your visibility and help keep you safe.
Our last preventative cold car care tip is checking up on your tire pressure. Cold air compresses more quickly causing a dip in your tire’s PSI. Depending on how much the temperature drops this could affect your tires overnight. Be careful not to over inflate you tires. The PSI on the tire is the max pressure the tire can take. Not the preferred amount for the weight of your vehicle. That number is on the driver side door frame and owner’s manual.
We realize getting out in the cold isn’t fun. But getting stuck in the cold is worse. Make sure you take care of you car this winter.
Keeping your engine properly lubricated will help you get the maximum performance and life from your car, truck, or SUV. And for the past several decades the general rule has been to change your oil every 3,000 miles. But does that still hold true? That depends on a few factors, but for most people that answer is no.
Because of the many advances in engine technology and the advances in engine lubricants, newer vehicles can typically go over 5,000 miles before an oil change is required. That is not to say you should always go more than 3,000 miles before an oil change, there are extenuating circumstances.
Truck drivers who are consistently hauling or towing heavy loads; especially in high traffic areas, may need to change their oil more frequently. Another set of drivers that may need to change their oil more frequently than their owner’s manual recommends, are driver that put greater strain on their engines, stopping abruptly or accelerating quickly will wear down you engine faster.
To help you keep track of when you should change your oil, Chevrolet’s are equipped with an Engine Oil Life System (OLS) that monitors the use of your oil based on your driving habits and engine conditions. Because this system adjusts to your personal driving habits you can be sure to know that when the OLS light comes on you need to stop by Stalker Chevy for an oil change.
The Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are trained to understand your vehicles needs and when you’ll need your oil changed. We’re here offer you quality car care and provide a detailed inspections to let you know the best options for your Chevy.